Spam phone calls have increased to epidemic levels, but more Americans are taking action.
A new study shows nearly 240 million Americans are now registered on the Do Not Call list and New Jersey ranks No. 6 for the most numbers registered per capita with 93,339 registrations per 100,000 people.
A 2019 report from the Federal Communications Commission found that nearly half of all calls made to cell phones are spam.
The study examines how many phone numbers are registered in each state, the number of complaints and the types of complaints by state.
Here are key findings in New Jersey:
- No. 6 in registrations per 100,000 people, 84,678
- No. 42 in change in registrations (FY2015-FY2019), +6.5%.
- No. 5 in complaints, 2,188.
- No. 43 in change in complaints (FY2015-FY2019), +37.8%.
Here are key national findings:
- The 10 states with the highest registration rates are New Hampshire, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, Kansas, Vermont, Wyoming and Wisconsin.
- The 10 states with the lowest registration rates are Alaska, Texas, Mississippi, Hawaii, South Carolina, Louisiana, Utah, Indiana, Arizona and Nevada.
- All states have seen active Do Not Call registrations increase over the past five years, with the overall number of registrations rising 7.7% nationally.
- Complaints fell between 2018 and 2019 but have risen by around 50% since 2014.
- Robocalls have climbed from 59% of complaints in FY2015 to 70% of complaints in FY2019.